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Texoma Drought: Making You Sick

More people are heading to the doctor's office this allergy season and the drought is a contributing factor.

Dr. David Greer, a family practitioner said he is seeing a lot of patients with respiratory related infections.  Even though Fall is a typical time of year for allergies, he said he is seeing more patients than before.

Even though we got some rain during the summer, all it did was help the weeds grow and for the pollen counts to rise.

“We've got a lot of ragweed right now.  It's great for the coil, but it's hard on people with allergies,” Greer said.

However, Greer said even people who haven't' been bothered with allergies in a while, or haven't had issues in the past, are now experiencing the symptoms.

Greer said, “We're seeing a lot of this.  It's manifested itself every day.  We're seeing more and more sinus infections and allergies.”

Greer said it starts out as a runny nose and coughing.  Most people will use over the counter medication, such as Claritin or Allegra to treat the symptoms and Greer said they can work.  However, you have to make sure you catch it early enough.  It's better is you start taking those medications before allergy season starts so your immune system can build up.

If you have a chronic illness, diabetes, or a heart problem, being outside where the pollen and dust is just floating in the air is worse for you.  You are more likely to get sick and it is easier to develop faster.

If the symptoms get worse Greer said you should go to the doctor.  They will normally prescribe you an antihistamine and possibly an inhaler.  If it gets worse, they will prescribe you an antibiotic.  He also said to make sure you are drinking lots of water.  It will help break up the mucus and help flush it out of your body.

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6
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